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    Jun 14, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Technology, B.S.

(CIP = 51.1005) (MET)

The University of South Florida offers a four year program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. The first three years are completed on campus; the fourth year (12 months) is completed at one of three affiliated hospitals in Florida, located in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville. Admission to the fourth year is limited by the number of openings in affiliated hospitals and, at the present time, is competitive. Selection for the clinical program is made by the hospitals and students not admitted to a clinical program will need to select an alternate degree. Generally, hospitals require a minimum GPA of 2.50 to a 2.75, and our students admitted to clinical programs in recent years have had a mean GPA of 3.4 or higher. Students successfully completing this program will be granted a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • BSC X010C or BSC X011C or (BSC X010 and BSC X010L) or  (BSC X011 and BSC X011L) - 4 credit hours
  • BSC X093C or BSC X085C or ZOO X733C or (BSC X093 and BSC X093L) or (BSC X085 and BSC X085L) or (ZOO X733 and ZOO X733L) or (ZOO X731 and ZOO X731L) - 4 credit hours
  • BSC X094C or BSC X086C or PCB X703C or (BSC X094 and BSC X094L) or (BSC X086 and BSC X086L) or (PCB X703 and PCB X703L) or (PCB X134 and PCB X134L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X045C or (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X046C or (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X210C or (CHM X210 and CHM X210L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X211C or (CHM X211 and CHM X211L) - 4 credit hours
  • MCB X013C or MCB X020C or MCB X010C or (MCB X020 and MCB X020L) or (MCB X023 and MCB X023L) or (MCB X010 and MCB X010L) - 4 credit hours
  • STA X014 or STA X023 or STA X024 or STA X321 - 3 credit hours

Total Major Hours: 85

Clinical Training

Upon successful completion of this curriculum and acceptance by one of the affiliated hospitals, the student will complete twelve (12) continuous months of training at that hospital. Hospital programs begin in July or early August each year and some hospitals also have programs beginning in January. During this clinical training, the student will continue to be registered as a full-time student of the University and will receive a total of 30 credit hours of coursework in the following courses, which will be taught at the hospital:

Other Program Information

All courses required for admission to the clinical program must be completed prior to beginning the clinical year. These requirements include:

  1. A minimum of 90 semester hours (excluding physical education).
  2. All university FKL Liberal Arts requirements.
  3. State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math).
  4. All sciences and mathematics requirements listed below, including common prerequisites and those specific to USF, with a “C” or higher in each course.

General Electives. Courses over and above the required courses should be taken to complete a 120 hour program. Additional courses in computer programming, economics, management, engineering, statistics, writing, and other applied disciplines are strongly recommended to strengthen the degree for subsequent professional employment.

Transfer Credit: It is strongly recommended that students transferring from community/state colleges to the University of South Florida complete whole sequences of chemistry courses, such as general and organic chemistry, before they transfer. Even though courses may carry the same common course number, topics covered may vary significantly from school to school.

Effective Fall 2018, all students in the below listed programs must successfully complete the below science and math coursework without earning 3 D and/or F grades. Students unable to successfully complete these courses within these prescribed parameters will be required to select a different major and will not be permitted to take any additional courses offered  by the below Departments/Divisions. In addition, registration for all courses offered by these departments will be dependent on students meeting the prescribed parameters regardless of their major.

Furthermore, any student who requests a change of major to one offered in the below identified departments will be required to meet these prescribed parameters as well as those criteria outlined in the Degree Progression Policy 10-505. Any continuing student who was previously forced to select a different major based on previous versions of this policy may now be eligible to pursue the majors listed below, but only if they meet both the criteria described here as well as the Degree Progression Policy 10-505 criteria. Students who are able to complete one of the below majors by earning fewer credit hours than required to complete any other major offered at USF may petition to request an exception and should contact the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Advising Office for instructions. Grade Forgiveness will NOT apply to the mandated requirement of changing majors.

Included Departments/Divisions

Division of Health Professions Advising; Department of Chemistry ; Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology ; and Department of Integrative Biology .

Included Courses

Grading Requirement

A grade of C or better is required for science and mathematics courses and each supporting course for the Major. All courses in any chemistry major must be taken with letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, I) except those courses which are graded S/U only.

Research Opportunities

The Department of Chemistry offers the opportunity for students to participate in undergraduate research with Chemistry faculty. Students can apply for the Academic Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program and find more information here: Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course with a Chemistry faculty member should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in a 0 credit research course. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Academic Advisors in the Department of Chemistry, as well as the Office for Undergraduate Research, can assist students in understanding the various course options.

Advising Information

Department of Chemistry Advising: or

Medical Technology Faculty

Chairperson and Professor: W.C. Guida; Associate Chairperson and Associate Professor: A. van der VaartDistinguished University Professor Emeritus: D.F. Martin; Emeritus Professors: J.C. Davis, Jr., J.E. Fernandez, L. Mandell, R.M. O’Malley, G. Solomons; Professors: B.J. Baker, J. Cai, J.P. Harmon, M.D. Johnston, R. Larsen, J. Leahy, J.E. Lewis, A. Malik, G.G. Meisels, P. Mercer, D.J. Merkler, L. Ming, R. Potter, X. Shi, B. Space, E. Turos; Associate Professors: K.S. Bisht, J.R. Del Valle, S. Lewis, S. Ma, L. Woodcock; Assistant Professors: T. Evans-Nguyen, I. Gelis, X. Li, J. Raker, D. Rogers; Research Professor: M. Acevedo-Duncan; Research Assistant Professors: W. Brooks, L. Calcul, E. Rivera, L. Wojtas; Instructors: L. Anderson, D. Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, K. Daniel, K. Fields, U. Kulatunga, S.T. Weldegirma, R. Zhang.

Plan of Study

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